New guidelines help health care providers detect and manage diabetes

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As diabetes continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in Missouri, two groups of health care experts from across the state have developed new guidelines to battle this growing health threat. The guidelines will help health care providers detect and manage diabetes.

"Diabetes is harming the health of thousands of Missourians," said Victoria Warren, coordinator of the health department's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. "The disease can greatly reduce a person's quality of life and contribute to a number of disabling conditions including heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation and kidney disease."

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The new guidelines were developed by work groups coordinated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Group members represented key organizations committed to improving diabetes care in Missouri.

Diabetes has nearly doubled in Missouri since 1990, according to the state health department. The disease is the state's sixth leading cause of death.

The impact of diabetes is emphasized throughout the United States on Diabetes Alert Day, March 27.

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